Brawn success has old team's DNA
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Saturday, April 4th 2009, 16:15 GMT|
Ross Brawn says no major changes to his team's technical staff were needed in order to turn its fortunes around this season.
Brawn joined Honda Racing as team principal last year to try and revive the Brackley-based squad's hopes following years of underachievement.
Brawn completed a buyout of the team this year, but admits that its winning start to 2009 has much to do with Honda forsaking the previous season and focusing its efforts on what became the BGP 001 12 months ago.
"Well, I haven't made huge changes and that was the case when I went to Ferrari," Brawn said after Button secured his second consecutive pole position in Malaysia.
"There were some strategic changes, there are two or three people that have come in, but the technical office is fundamentally the same. It's just helping people with direction and helping them gain in confidence that there is no one out there doing it that differently to what they are doing.
"And if you have confidence and do the job properly then you can succeed as well. So no we haven't made any dramatic changes to the technical group. There are one or two areas where we were weak and we've brought people in, but it has not changed radically.
"And I think in some ways people were a bit surprised by that because I think they expected me to come in and turn the place upside down, but what I found was actually quite a good organisation, quite good standards and a lot of capable people so there was no reason to turn it upside down. It just needed a bit of direction in places."
Brawn said the BGP 001 car is the result of team work, not a designed pencilled by a single person.
"It's a team," he added. "There is not a Rory Byrne at Brawn GP. There are two or three key people who work together to design the car. People in aerodynamics, people in vehicle dynamics, people in chassis design.
"So it's a group and I think perhaps that's the way Formula 1 needs to go because the Rory Byrnes and the Adrian Neweys aren't around anymore, so you have to work differently."